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Former Victim Services director sentenced on gross misdemeanor

March 3, 2009
By Kurt Nesbitt Staff Writer

NEW ULM - The former director of Brown County Victim Services was sentenced to time in a county jail and on probation Monday morning for misconduct that occurred while she was director of that non-profit group.

Shawn Marie Paul, 43, 147 Willow Springs Ln., Stockbridge, Ga., was sentenced Monday in Brown County District Court to serve 365 days in jail with 345 days stayed for two years of probation and 20 days jail as conditions of the stay.

Paul, formerly known as Shawn MacRae, pleaded guilty on Jan. 2 to misconduct of a public employee, a gross misdemeanor, as amended by a plea agreement made on that date. Court records said a charge of felony theft was dismissed by the state.

Paul was ordered to pay a total of $8,128.24, including $6,898.24 in restitution. She was also allowed to serve time in a Georgia jail provided she pays the costs of serving her time there.

Paul was accused of buying two cellular phone plans for her children, a total of five laptop computers and a digital camera that were purchased using the non-profit organization's credit card and its funds and were shipped to her private residences during the time Paul was director of Brown County Victim Services, Inc. Paul resigned from that position on June 8, 2007.

Crime Victim Services Inc., which operates locally as Brown Victim Services, Inc., is a private, non-profit organization that provides support and advocacy to crime victims in Brown, Nicollet and Sibley counties. The organization receives budget appropriations from the three counties it serves.



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